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Product Details

  • Series: Best American
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547336977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547336978
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These 20 pieces culled from the likes of GQ, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Runner’s World aren’t so much concerned with the most important sports stories of 2011—the Penn State scandal, for instance, is absent here—as they are with sharing insights into extraordinary athletes among us. John Brant’s piece on Frank Shorter reveals the horrific physical and emotional abuse the 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist and his siblings suffered as children at the hands of their father, a doctor ironically considered a hero by their hometown community. Dave Sheinin’s profile of Bryce Harper and his working-class family gives context to the meteoric rise of the Washington Nationals phenom. And for those of us utterly befuddled by the game of cricket, Wright Thompson conveys its profound meaning to the nation of India and, by association, the rest of the world. “The power of sport,” he writes, “is that, on occasion, it redeems the messes we create around it.” This fine collection, worthy of its predecessors in the annual series, helps deliver that redemption. --Alan Moores

About the Author

Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of nearly eighty books, including the groundbreaking Boston Globe bestseller Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, bestsellers Red Sox Century and Yankees Century, and the critically acclaimed Nine Months at Ground Zero, The Best American Sports Writing, and Young Woman and The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World and his own award winning juvenile sports biography series - "Good Sports." 

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Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of nearly eighty books, including the groundbreaking Boston Globe bestseller Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, bestsellers Red Sox Century and Yankees Century, and the critically acclaimed Nine Months at Ground Zero, The Best American Sports Writing, and Young Woman and The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the Worldand his own award winning juvenile sports biography series - "Good Sports." Glenn is available to make author visits, deliver lectures on the history of Fenway Park and on all aspects of writing. He also serves as Editor of SB Nation Longform, producing high quality longform sports journalism.

Born in Ohio and a graduate of Bard College, Glenn is dual citizen of the United States and Canada and lives in Vermont with his family, two cats, two dogs and one rabbit on Lake Champlain. Before becoming a writer Glenn did construction work, served as a security guard, a painter, and worked in libraries. Glenn invites his readers to his blog, to join his facebook page for The Best American Sports Writing, or to visit his website, glennstout.net. Anyone interested in arranging an "author visit" should query Glenn directly at basweditor@yahoo.com. Follow Glenn @GlennStout

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Customer Reviews

A fascinating read for even a casual sports fan.
Robert Carpenter
Didn't want to write a review really, but it's required - I just felt the stories were too long and a little repetitive.
Deb
As always this is a great collection of sports writing -- still one of the great genres of writing.
Bradley T. Knott

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sean Ryan on December 3, 2012
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As a sports journalist, I've been a big fan of Best American since '91, but recent editions have disappointed. For some reason, the editors seem to think that bigger is better, and the more serious the topic the more worthy it is of inclusion. So where haver all the wonderful 700-800 word pieces gone? Where is the humour? The title is Best Sports Writing, not Best Sports Stories. The stories are good but they tend to be on the sombre side, forgetting that sport is a pastime and, as such, should have its share of good humour. I'm writing this in the hope that future editions will get the balance right - or has America no worthy successor to Jim Murray, Rick Reilly and their like?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Ricks on January 10, 2013
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A slightly uneven but generally appealing anthology of American sports writing from 2012. These published chapters are generally extended (15-25 pages) profiles or investigative pieces; a couple of pieces run to 40+ pages.

Many of these essays explore the often tragic personal costs of sports, particularly those sports, like football and hockey, where repeated blows to the head are an almost unavoidable feature of the game. Of the three or four essays that dealt with the effects of concussions, "Punched Out, the extended profile of hockey's Derek Boogaard, is the best.

Other pieces point out how sports act as a positive influence, serving as an escape from poverty and abuse. The profiles of Frank Shorter, the famous marathoner who was abused as a child, and of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania's high school football program are both excellent.

My single favorite piece was Taylor Branch's devastating attack on the NCAA, "The Shame of College Sports." It underscores just how cynically the ideal of "amateurism" has been manipulated in college sports, and how the organization that is supposed to represent and protect "student-athletes"--in a bit of Newspeak-like censorship, the NCAA requires that journalists use this label rather than "players"--often does just the opposite, extracting wealth.

If I had a complaint about the principle of selection, it is that these essays almost exclusively survey the human or business side of sports. There ought to be a place here for a few pieces that represent the best technical analysis of gameplay, player technique, coaching, or strategy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Mitchell on November 22, 2012
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I give this collection to my son every year as a birthday gift for his late November birthday. He loves getting it and reads it cover to cover. He keeps all the older ones and re-reads some of those articles, too. No one has the time to read all the source publications that are culled to make this collection. Even if my son might have read one or two of the articles, he always finds gems he never would have come across without this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bullets on February 27, 2013
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Fantastic book with sports stories about all sports. Mostly it is about people and brings to the table the human side of the wonderful world of sports. A doctoral thesis could be written about the human psyche from just this book. It highlights the importance of sports on the every day person and how we relate to our sportsmen and women and our need to be a part of the action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dvdave123 on February 26, 2013
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All of the stories are well written. This book is not just good sports writing but good writing period. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Anderson on February 22, 2013
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Michael Wilbon selects stories of failures as well as triumphs. He is able to explain racial issues objectively and thoughtfully.
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By Matteo on November 30, 2013
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Unmissable. Great selection of articles. It will make you excited about sports you don't even like. I was amazed by the articles about cricket and hockey.
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Unmissable. Great collection of articles. You'll be completely captivated even if they talk about sports you don't like. I loved the cricket and the hockey ones.
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